Sign over the gates of No.2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane.
We advise people, for best value, to wait until the heritage prison site has been cleaned and upgraded before visiting.

Part of Boggo Road is currently open on an interim basis, and we expect that the prison will close for refurbishment in the near future prior to a full reopening.

Boggo Road was managed for many years by community groups that established it as a successful cultural tourism destination. Unfortunately the site is currently managed by a small business that gained access after a secret backroom deal with Campbell Newman that effectively froze out community organisations. Tour prices have since risen by as much as 450%!

This same business person also subjected volunteers and community groups to serious but baseless legal threats, as well as engaging in bullying and harassment that only ceased after police and magistrate court intervention. This business has also promoted grossly disrespectful commercial activities inside the prison, and their tour material has been shown to include fake history.

For this reason, we ask that people wait until Boggo Road has been refurbished and is under new management before visiting the place. We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience, but we are sure that most people would support the right of the volunteers and historians in local history groups to operate free from threats and bullying from private business. Boggo Road deserves to be opened up to a fairer, respectful and better system of management.

The Future

Official plans are still under discussion but should see the old prison transformed into a heritage and arts venue, with a museum and other historical activities such as tours. 

Several arts and heritage organisations have come together to form the Boggo Arts & Heritage Alliance and are working on an innovative management model that would see Boggo Road become a dynamic cultural hub. This includes new and unique tour and visitor experiences that would tell the stories of Boggo like never before.

Members of the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society have been involved in running tours and other activities at the prison since 1995 and bring their experience to the Boggo Arts and Heritage Alliance.

You can join our contact list to be kept informed of updates on this exciting project.


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